Remarks from Alumni Association President Jeff Colbert
In 2005, I was working at CASA, the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center, helping a young lady select classes for her first semester at UNCG. Every course I mentioned, regardless of the subject, seemed interesting to her. Having never worked with a student who was interested in everything, I asked her to explain. In December 2000, she suffered the loss of her memory. Not some of it all of it. She did not recognize her parents, her siblings, her home, her high school, anything. She could play the piano, but could not remember taking lessons. She became my student, she became my friend, and she will graduate from UNCG this May.
Our relationship has reminded me frequently of the preciousness of memories. I have incredible memories of my life involving my faith, my family and my friends. For more than 35 years, those memories have also included UNCG. In this year that I have been honored to serve as your Alumni Association president, you have added to my storehouse of memories. I have traveled the state, attending alumni and Meet the Chancellor events, and everywhere I have gone, you have regaled me with your stories and your memories of UNCG/WC. It has been an honor and a pleasure to hear them, and I hope you pass them on to your family, your friends, your neighbors and your co-workers.
I said in my first letter to you that most all of our alumni love this institution, but we probably don't show it as well as we could. I asked you to help me change this, and I do believe we are beginning to see some fruits of that effort. However, we still have a long ways to go. I hope that you will continue to both talk about and wear UNCG proudly we have all the memories we need to help us do so.
Jeff Colbert '84, '86 MPA is the president of the UNCG Alumni Association. In addition to earning his bachelor's and master's degrees at UNCG, he is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science.
Reunion attendees get to go back to school in a whole new way this year.
In addition to returning to campus and visiting old haunts, alumni will have a chance to add to their weekend with learning sessions.
The sessions, taught by current UNCG faculty and staff, will center on four themes: UNCG Green, UNCG Global, UNCG Generations and UNCG Giving. So, for example, you can take a look back at the past presidential campaign, explore modern problems of belief, talk about trends of the 21st century or learn what students are doing to carry on the service motto.
Don't worry, there still will be plenty of time for catching up with old classmates. And all the familiar trappings of Reunion the tours, luncheons and class meetings are very much a part of the experience.
To learn more about the April 17-18 Reunion, visit reunion.uncg.edu or contact the Alumni Relations Office at (336) 334-5696.
- April 5 – Alumni picnic in Foust Park, noon to 1:30 p.m., followed by the opera Picnic, 2 p.m.
- April 14 – Alumni and friends reception, Childress Vineyards, Lexington, 6-8 p.m.
- April 17-18 – WC/UNCG Reunion for class years ending in 4s and 9s
- May 5 – Chancellor Linda P. Brady's installation, Aycock Auditorium, followed by a reception in Foust Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- May 28 – Chicago alumni and friends reception
- May 29-30 – Neo-Black Society anniversary celebration